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Wilton Library in September: Jazz, Author Talks, Therapy Dogs, Yarn Painting, and MORE!

Wilton Library September 2022 Programs & Events

Thursday, September 1 Hot & Cool Jazz: Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please join us on Thursday night September 1 for our first Hot & Cool Jazz concert since January 2020 featuring Triple Play, a trio of three outstanding and versatile musicians: Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion & vocals), Joel Brown (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals), and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano & vocals). Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform. Hot & Cool Jazz is brought to you by the generosity of the Estate of James (Tom) and Alice Brown. Advance registration strongly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Suggested donation: $10. Each registration is for one name only; please remember to separately register each member of your party. Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 pm to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 6:50 pm if space is available. There will be a reception following the concert with CDs available for sale and signing. To register and see more details, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, September 7 Gazebo Story Time at the Farmer's Market, 2 to 2:30 p.m. Join us at the farmer's market for a fun family story time inside the gazebo. Children ages 2 and up and their caregivers will enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs. Fun for the whole family!  No registration required. In case of inclement weather, the story time will move into the Story Room in the Children's Library. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, September 7 Author Talk: Revelation: A Memoir of Deep Family Secrets, Discovery, and Identity by Richard Gary Kaye and Annette Schwarz Kaye, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wiltonian Richard (Rick) Gary Kaye’s intimate memoir is a riveting story about a devastating family secret his parents perpetuated for over 60 years. At a Jewish fundraiser, advertised as a fun “DNA Reveal Dinner,” Rick and his sister Randye, were shocked to discover they are, in fact, half-siblings. Within 48 hours, they learned the man they called Dad was not biologically related to either of them. Revelation takes the reader on Rick’s emotional roller coaster as he wrestles with deception, secrets, and lifelong memories now seen through a new lens. A burning need for the truth about his paternal medical history and ancestry sets off a yearlong quest to uncover the facts. He and his wife Annette became obsessive detectives to painstakingly unravel the mystery of Rick’s conception and find the identity of his biological father. Did Rick’s mother have an affair, was she raped, or was there another explanation? Those questions were just the start. With only the tiniest of clues but great perseverance, puzzle pieces began to connect, gradually revealing a secretive world of anonymous sperm donation in the 1950s. Follow Rick and Annette on this fascinating journey and see how they ultimately solved the mystery that affected over 30 families and changed their lives forever. Rick’s story was reported in the Wall Street Journal and he was interviewed with Randye in an NPR Podcast “Think Before You Spit: The Pandora’s Box of DNA Testing.” Rick Kaye and Annette Schwarz Kaye, originally from Queens, New York, are longtime residents of Wilton, CT where they raised their sons, Josh and Adam. Both attended Wilton Public Schools from kindergarten to graduation from Wilton High School. Revelation: A Memoir of Deep Family Secrets, Discovery, and Identity, is the authors’ first book, which attained instant #1 Best Seller status on release day in several categories on Amazon. It is a story that Annette and Rick felt compelled to write. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The media sponsor of our author talks is GOOD Morning Wilton. Registration required. To register and see more details, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, September 8 Teen Thursday: Duct Tape Crafts, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Drop by the Teen department for a fun activity, every other Thursday. Make a craft, play a game, or just relax. This week's activity: make a wallet or bracelet out of duct tape. No registration necessary. Just drop in! This activity is for students in Grades 6-12 only. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, September 9 The Art of Firing Circuits Studios Exhibition & Reception, 6 to 7:30 p.m. “The Art of Firing Circuits Studios” will be showcased in Wilton Library’s September art exhibition. Firing Circuits Studios is a collective of diverse, well-known working artists with studios located in a brick century-old factory in Norwalk. Their work represents a wide variety of styles, media, and subject matter. Reception free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through October 1. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, September 10 Tales to Tails, 11 a.m. to noon. Children who can read independently are invited to read to a ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. As they improve their literacy skills, they're not just learning how to read, they're learning to love to read! Masks recommended for all participants. Registration required. Drop-ins accepted if space allows. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, September 12 Super Scavenger Hunt, 3 to 7 p.m. Calling all kids in grades K-6! Vile villains have escaped from our graphic novel collection and hidden throughout the library! Will you please help round up these scoundrels? Test your library skills and win a prize! Select your age-appropriate scavenger hunt at the Children's desk anytime between 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesdays, September 13, 20 & 27 Mother Goose on the Loose,10:15 to 11 a.m. Children ages 6 months to 2 years old will enjoy this fun story time with music, puppets, picture books, and nursery rhymes. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesdays, September 13, 20 & 27 Big Kids Story Time, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Children ages 4 & up are invited to a story time adventure! We will explore and chat about different exciting topics. There will be stories, songs and some activities.  Caregivers must remain on library property. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, September 13 Teen Library Council, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Wilton Teen Library Council (TLC) is a monthly group for youth in grades 6-12 who are interested in becoming more involved with the library. All Wilton teens are welcome. Benefits include: helping librarians choose teen materials, brainstorming ideas for teen programs, gaining experience working in a leadership role, and helping the community through service projects. Each meeting will consist of a small group activity and discussion of upcoming events. We will meet the second Tuesday of each month and ask that you attend all meetings. Registration is optional, but we recommend submitting a TLC application before your first meeting. Please contact Teen Services at (203) 762-6342 with any questions. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, September 13 East Meets West: From Japonism to Impressionism, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us in the Brubeck Room for a look at the influence of Japanese art and culture on French and American Impressionism, presented by ArtScapades. This lecture begins with a look at two of Japan’s master printmakers, Hokusai and Hiroshige, and will then move on to discuss their influence on well-known names of the Impressionist movement including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam. Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, of ArtScapades, began teaching art appreciation in 1998. They have presented at libraries and museums in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Florida. Registration required.  Please register online or call 203-762-6334.  For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, September 14, 21 & 28 Wonderful Ones and Twos, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Active one and two year-olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for a story time especially geared for them!  The program includes books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, and possibly some instruments and scarves, all geared towards building literacy skills. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, September 14, 21 & 28 Bouncing Babies, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Join us for this interactive program especially for babies up to 12 months. We will share stories, songs, and rhymes. Scarves and movement activities will be included and we will close out with a calming lullaby. No Registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, September 14 Wilton Library Readers: The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton this month. Group meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. Feel free to bring your lunch and a beverage. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit our Wilton Library Readers page at www.wiltonlibrary.org/wilton-library-readers. Advance registration suggested. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, September 15, 22 & 29 Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Two and three year-olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for a story time geared especially for them!  Participants will hear stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, do movement activities, and possibly get the chance to use scarves and instruments, while building literacy and social skills. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, September 15 Snap Circuits for Kids, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Kids in grades 3-5 can join us to put together creations that will whistle, flash and fly.  Learning principles of electronics and engineering is a snap!  Beginners welcome. Registration required. Drop-ins accepted if space permits. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, September 15 The 10 Things You Need to Know About Getting Into College, 6 to 7 p.m. College admissions is more competitive than ever.  How do you find the right college for a top education and experience? What strategies will help you showcase your character and achievements and stand out?  College admissions consultants Beth and Tim Manners will detail the process, from putting your college list together to writing your essays. Learn what it takes to gain admission and be successful. Teens and their parents are encouraged to attend this discussion. Please register at www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, September 17 CT Poetry Society Workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. Please join us for the next CT Poetry Society workshop at the library. All that is required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Poets should email a copy of their poems to Ray Rauth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . He will distribute the poems to the group shortly before the session. To facilitate discussion, space is strictly limited to just 15 attendees. Registration is required. Register online at www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, September 17 (Not) Just for Kids: Percussion - Gotta Dance!, 3 to 4 p.m. Children ages 4+ and their families are invited to this presentation by Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. Percussionists lead the beat as we travel the globe to hear different dance styles. Rural folk dances of South America, hip hop, and ballet meet on the same stage with our musicians for an energetic event! Everyone will have a chance to add their own beat to the event with our Percussion Petting Zoo. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!  Masks recommended. Registration required. Please register all attendees. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, September 18 Hot & Cool Jazz: The Jerry Bergonzi Quartet, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Please join us in the Brubeck Room for the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet featuring Jerry Bergonzi on tenor sax, Harvie S on acoustic bass, Bruce Barth on piano, and Jason Tiemann on drums. Hot & Cool Jazz is brought to you by the generosity of the Estate of James (Tom) and Alice Brown. Jerry Bergonzi is a tenor saxophonist, composer, author and educator who toured with the Two Generations of Brubeck band and also held the sax chair in the Dave Brubeck Quartet. On the faculty of the New England Conservatory for the last 20 years, Jerry still plays two weekly gigs in the Boston area and tours 130 days a year playing his own music. Advance registration strongly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Suggested donation: $10. Each registration is for one name only; please remember to separately register each member of your party. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50pm to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 pm if space is available. There will be a reception following the concert with CDs available for sale and signing. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, September 19 Zentangle Art Workshop, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Join Amy, Wilton Library‘s certified Zentangle instructor, as she guides us through a fun and relaxing Zentangle art session. This meditative art form uses simple steps to teach practitioners how to create beautiful patterns. Suitable for anyone who doesn’t believe they can draw, as well as experienced artists. For adults and teens, ages 13 and up. All supplies provided. Space is limited; registration required. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, September 22 The Very Hungry Code-a-pillar, 2 to 2:30 p.m. Problem solvers age 4-5 can help Code-a-pillar find a path to some tasty leaves. Can you put Code-a-pillar's segments in the right order? Participants will learn coding basics as they practice collaboration and critical thinking. Caregiver must accompany. Registration required. Drop-ins accepted if space allows. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, September 22 Teen Thursday: Yarn Painting, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Drop by the Teen department for a fun activity, every other Thursday. Make a craft, play a game, or just relax. This week's activity: make a collage with yarn, cardstock, and glue. No registration necessary. Just drop in! This activity is for students in Grades 6-12 only. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950

Friday, September 23 Books and a Blanket: A Children's Reading Series, 10 to 11 a.m. The Wilton Land Conservation Trust, Wilton Library, and Wilton Go Green have come together to offer a unique and immersive book reading experience for toddlers and preschoolers. Together, we've created an opportunity for families to venture outside, explore nature, listen to stories, and make an upcycled craft. As partners, we're elevating young minds within beautiful landscapes. Please visit www.wiltonlandtrust.org and click on “Events & Programs” to register and see more details. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, September 27 Senior Center Book Discussion: The Poets Laureate Anthology, 11 a.m. to noon. Please join us as Judson Scruton leads a discussion of a selection of poems from The Poets Laureate Anthology edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt. For this season’s discussion, we will be reading: "Before the Flood," "Rain Light" and "Forgotten Fountain" by W.S. Merwin; "In the Child’s Night" and "The Heaven of Animals" by James Dickey; and, "Manhole Covers" and “A Drawerful of Eyeglasses” by Karl Shapiro. The Poets Laureate Anthology brings together a sampling of the works of the 43 "poets laureate" of the United States from the inception of the position in 1937 until the book’s publication in 2010. Collected and edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, the former poetry editor of The New York Times Book Review, the volume includes brief introductions to each of the poets as well as an inviting foreword by poet Billy Collins who held the position from 2001 to 2003. In its review, Booklist said that "the nearly 500 poems map a great republic of the imagination." This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at (203) 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, September 29 Dog Man Craft Club, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Kids in grades 2-5 are invited to a Supa Awesome Dog Man Party!  Explore stations for different ages and interests. Redeem a ravenous lunch bag menace! Pin the branch on Barky McTreeface! Draw, draw, draw! Registration required. Drop-ins permitted if space allows. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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